Why should people who have a disability be forced into accommodation that does not suit their needs that allow independence and dignity?
Many people who live with a disability may have to rely on council housing because it can be harder for us to find sufficiently paid jobs or any job at all.
For people like myself who do have a disability but are capable of working it can be a tough and inconvenient position to find ourselves in. Finding jobs that suites our personality but is also doable due to our disability can be tough.
I’m no computer wiz and I hate the idea of working in an office or factory from 9 – 5. Just because I have a visual impairment I shouldn’t have to feel like I need to work in an office where there would be ‘easy’ accommodations or access to work. Why should I have to settle for something that won’t nourish my soul just because I have a disability? I want to make a difference in people’s lives. I want to work with people where no two days are exactly the same.
This situation people with a disability to often find themselves in can lead to periods of time without structured work as the only option may be benefits. This can then lead to extra support from the local council in the form of council housing.
As a rule, I’m not saying that council housing is a bad thing at all. Many council houses can be very sturdy places that can become a very suitable home for some. No, my gripe is that council housing isn’t generally built for people with disabilities.
Spaces that aren’t designed with accessibility in mind can be demoralising, undignified and inhumane. People who have no other choice but to move into a building that does not suit their needs can have a severe impact on one’s emotional, mental and overall physical wellbeing. It can only be a huge strain on every aspect of life to try and navigate an environment, that is supposed to be your home, that does not allow you to move around with ease and comfort because it restricts your ability to access it in the correct manner.
No one should ever feel imprisoned in a space that doesn’t feel like a home or a space they can feel proud of and comfortable in. It seems to me that people are placed in the most appropriate place available within the best time frame possible without much thought to the long-term needs of the individual.
It just seems insane that a potentially vulnerable community of people aren’t being catered for in this fast passed world we live in now. We live in one of the most developed nations in the world and yet a whole community of people are being left behind because of the number crunching that the government has been forced to do in recent times.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying it’s completely the government’s fault at all. I’m not stupid. I know we live in an age where money is tight and has to be spent well but why can’t money be set aside to help properly aid people to live in truly accessible accommodation that can assist in their independence, overall health and potentially aid the ability to truly look for appropriate work?
It’s just logical sense that you invest in people then the general rule is they will inevitably be able to provide for themselves in the long run and help boost the economy. Now I understand that housing is just a small part of a much wider picture. However, if people are able to have access to proper housing that meets their needs they will be able to direct their attention more greatly to other goals other than worrying about how hard it would be just to live in a space that restricts their potential so badly.
So all in all? Invest in people and you will be investing in not only their future but the future of a community and the wider population.